What we do
The Louis Dreyfus Foundation aims at helping small farmers to improve their production and prepare for the future in a sustainable way. The Foundation also supports pragmatic education programs and provides specific funds.
- 18 micro-farming programs
- of which 12 initiatives in Africa and 6 in Asia
- 3 programs for education
- 2 Funds: Emergency Fund for Food Aid and Fund for Young Entrepreneurs in Agriculture
The Louis Dreyfus Foundation supports as a priority initiatives located in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia – deemed to be the most vulnerable regions to climate change-related food shortages – as well as projects that engage subsistence family farms, notably those involving women.
Each initiative selected by the Foundation must demonstrate several key criteria which include:
- An accurate understanding of the beneficiaries' real needs
- Support for the principle of food security
- Innovative techniques that ensure a sustainable approach
- Additional environmental, social and/or health benefits
- Efficiency in project monitoring and in the provision of deliverables
- Cost transparency and limited non-operational fees
What is micro-farming?
Micro-farming is an agricultural system which produces the majority of food needs in a small area of land. A micro-farming project aims to support a family or a community by amassing resources - land, seeds, logistical and technical support, expertise, training and education, sales - in order to achieve food sufficiency, to support farming activity, and to improve wealth creation initiatives.
Our guidelines for project management
The Louis Dreyfus Foundation pays special attention to select projects which favors the use of simple, commonsense techniques that have both a positive impact on communities, and benefit the environment.